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Cathedral of Santo Domingo de la Calzada
Cathedral of Santo Domingo de la Calzada

Cathedral of Santo Domingo de la Calzada

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Calle El Cristo s/n, 26250 Santo Domingo de la Calzada, La Rioja, Spain
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"I Just Paid 5 Bucks to See A Chicken In A Church!"

So said Gayle and as we wandered around the Cathedral of Santo Domingo de la Calzada. You can't miss it. It's in the Center of Town (on the Calle Mayor) and right on the Camino De Santiago. And since historical buildings don't take care of themselves, there's a 3.5 Euro admission fee. I also paid an extra Euro to climb the nearby Tower for a neat view of the Camino and the surrounding medieval quarter.

The Cathedral of Santo Domingo de la Calzada is dedicated to Saint Dominic de la Calzada. He built roads and bridges for Pilgrims and founded the Hospital that is now the Town's Parador. The Cathedral is a Romanesque-Gothic pile containing the Saint's tomb (accessible below), choir murals, and a cool walnut alter piece. The live hen and rooster in a stone chicken coop commemorate a legendary local miracle in which a pair of roasted foul come back to life to protest (crow) the innocence of a Pilgrim hanged for theft.

In the Cathedral itself were the Chickens, an enthusiastic young Priest enthusiastically explaining aspects of his Church (and in Spanish I understood), and a cool "Museum" area that was heavy on Nativity Scenes. There is also a nice gift shop, where I should have picked up a chicken tchotchke, and ended up with a Camino de Santiago Pilgrim Shell. At that point, Gayle half expected that I was going to leave and continue down the Camino de Santiago.

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